Drunk Driving Suspect Blames Crash On Turtle, Squirrel, Cat And Tree

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COLLEGE STATION – Police arrested a man who hit a tree in a parking lot while swerving to miss a turtle, squirrel and a cat.

Police received a 911 call around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday from a witness of a crash. The man said he was driving north in the left lane of Highway 6 when a car passed him using the right shoulder. The car then hit a guardrail, exited the highway, drove into a parking lot at 101 Gateway Blvd and hit a tree.

When an officer asked John Lamar Griffin II about the crash, he said he swerved to miss the animals and then a tree hanging over Highway 21. Griffin also thought he was in Bryan or North Zulch.

Griffin was charged with his second DWI. He was previously convicted of DWI in July 2009. Griffin was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $7,500 bond.